Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Coach whip snake

Coach whip snake outside my window and gobbler of my baby birds (I assume 'cause they didn't survive three days. 😕) They are amazing snakes though.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

New snake

I don't know what this little guy is. I almost missed him hiding in the grass doing his snakey thing. Clearly, not venomous.

Desert tortoise.

First desert tortoise of the season. This guy was a little one compared to some I see around here...about the circumference of a cantelope.


She looks like she's just relaxing nearby...but what you don't see is her biting on the lamp, poking at the mail, and swatting at my computer cord.

Rainy day

Clouds hang over the canyons in the Catalinas. Rainy day in Tucson.

Sunday, July 8, 2018


Watching an amazing monsoon light show from my balcony. This is way way better than fireworks!

Curve-billed Thrasher babies

And we have babies! If you look carefully at the close-up of the cholla, you'll see the mama Curve-billed Thrasher perched on the nest. A snake cleaned out the last they keep from getting skewered is beyond me...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Raven and rollerblade

My helper...she actually got her head stuck in there for a minute...

Rollerblade bake change

Right: Old rollerblade brake.
Left: New rollerblade brake.
A brake won't stop you on the hills I skate, but it does allow you to control the descent.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Little hummer

This little Broad-billed hummingbird couldn't course correct in time and he smacked into the window after being chased by another. I got him back on his way.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pincushion cactus 2018

Most people barely notice pincushion cacti until they burst into bloom after the first monsoon rains. I am always careful to walk around them. 😊

Friday, June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gopher snake

Beautiful Gopher snake...probably the same one I saw in my yard last week. I stayed nearby until he crossed the road safely since people would intentionally run over it thinking all snakes are poisonous. #everythinghasapurpose

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Nature TV

Beatrice watching Nature TV. Bunny on left. Ground squirrel on right.

No dumb bunny!

Kind of hard to see but this is no dumb bunny! This little youngster has scoped out the shade and coolness of one of my patio pots to escape the mid-day heat.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Male Bullocks Oriole

Today I saw not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Bullocks Orioles flitting around my backyard fountain this morning. It looked like a family with Mom, Dad, (in this picture taken from inside the house) and two young males. Happy Mother's Day to me!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bullock's Oriole at the Hummingbird feeder

My first time sighting of a Bullock's Oriole (immature male) sipping nectar from my hummingbird feeder! I never want to stop getting excited over the little things.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

First chicks of the season!

I knew I had a Gambel's quail family in the yard. I've seen and heard them all spring. Today, I saw Mama Quail, Papa Quail, and their newly hatched chicks at the fountain in the front. The water flow in hasn't been working very well. I hope they got some water--it's hot and dry outside!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Crescent moonset next to bright Venus. I'll take my stars over Starbucks.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

First sighting of the Hooded Orioles

I saw the first Hooded Oriole (male) this weekend, and he's about two weeks later than normal. Of course, everything seems to be later this year.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bodhi in basket

I remember when the basket was bigger than Bodhi.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cute baby Mourning doves

Ahhh, cute little baby Mourning doves outside my office window. Somehow the doves always find a way to build a nest.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Good morning!

Male Northern Cardinal belting out a good morning atop a dead saguaro.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Beatrice waiting for her dinner

I always put Beatrice's plate down next to the window. She is so adorable...she's patiently waiting on her dinner!

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Beatrice in the tub!

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Patio plantings

The back wall concrete has been repaired and barrel cactus planted. It looks MUCH  better.

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First annual Tucson sculpture festival

I love the juxtaposition of the gentleness and fierceness.

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